I have always loved reading. But at some point in my life, reading was no longer a priority or even enjoyable.
My young self wanted to be out and about, to be around people and do other things. So the joy of reading was forgotten. Every once in a while I picked up a book only to leave it gathering dust a couple of days after.
I remember how sad I felt sometimes, staring at all those unread books. But the sadness quickly went away as soon as my phone rang.
I have started to read more in the past couple of years or so, but I have made myself a promise at the beginning of the year to read/ listen 12 books by the end of the year. I am happy to say that so far, so good! It might not seem like a big challenge for some but it was right for me. Not too much or too little. It is important to know that not all 'challenges' (read 100 books in 6 months) are the right ones for you. So choose and adjust as needed.
Not all books are the same (obviously!) and the stories will impact people in different ways. We may relate to the story being told, the character or even interpret it in a way that is relevant to us. That's how the brain works. We remember a story because the way we interpreted is relevant to who we are, the culture we live in, our age, etc.
I also believe that certain books need to be (re)read at certain points in life. You will relate to them differently. Take for example 'Eat, Pray, Love' by Elizabeth Gilbert. A book about her journey around the world, looking for solace after her divorce.
This may be completely irrelevant for someone who is now 20 years old but extremely relatable to someone in a similar situation. I am not at all saying that you can only relate if you are going through divorce.
I mean that there are certain points in one's life where we may be looking for answers: who we are, what we really like and dislike, the things that make us tick and get excited, our purpose...
I find it impossible to relate to the Twilight Saga... but hey! that's just me.
Here's the list of the books I have read so far in case some of you are looking for inspiration. I think it is not difficult to tell but a great discovery this year were the books by Donato Carrisi. I would very much encourage reading his books (if that's your genre).
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert (Audible) - 2/5
Wicked Girls, Alex Marwood - 2/5
Noughts & Crosses, Malorie Blackman - 4/5
The Whisperer, Donato Carrisi - 4.5/5
Yes of Yes, Shonda Rhymes (Audible) - 4/5
The Penmaker's Wife, Steve Robinson - 3.5/5
The Other Wife, Claire McGowan - 2.5/5
The Spirit of the Dragon, William Andrews - 4/5
The Vanished Ones, Donato Carrisi - 5/5
Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto (Audible) - 3.5/5
Into the labyrinth, Donato Carrisi - 5/5
Daughters of the Dragon, William Andrews - 4/5
The girl in the fog, Donato Carrisi - 4/5
This list will be updated regularly.